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   Cedar Rapids Tribune (Newspaper) - May 31, 1951, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                               Offtcul Publicity of Iho Cedar Ripidj Fedelatioi. of Labor "A NEWSPAPER WITHOUT A MUZZLE" Vol. XLVII CttDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, MAY .31, 1951 Just Quoting by Carl Kane What with a record judgment in Cedar Rapids district court last week plus consrderable interest fn trials of one kind and another throughout ihe state in" 'recent weokSj wo arc remEnded of cur favorite courtroom story. It .happened in Nevada years ago in a mining claim The action was before a judge iiuted for his open minded attitude toward approaches .the courtroom. On, opening day of Ihe trial, the judge announced, "This court has a check ft om the plaintiff for and one from the defend- ant for The court will re- turn to the defendant. Then we will try this case strictly on its Tr.crils." Then there't the erne about Iho young lawyer who droned for several hotm Im summing up a He had succeeded in domg Uttlo bur irritate Ike jury. When tha youthful, one finillf eeatcd Mating, the opposing jr. torncy, an eld hand in Iba court- room, aroie and said, "I will follow the example of my young friend and will submit the eaio ftlthgut argument." Last week's paragraplis here from Fied Henson on early rail- roading brought a letter from a reader about a train which ran hereabouts years ago. It was absolutely never on time but Hs regular patrons finally ac- cepted the fact and even were able to joke about it. One day a traveling salesman, who had occasion to ride the train frequently, commended the con- ductor as he got off at his des- tination. "I've traveled this road for yea re and this is the first time 1 have ever arrived on the sales- man commented. To which the conductor replied succinctly, "This is yesterday's train." The Truman Berryh i I family eating out one hit week and, of course, fire-year-old Mike initited en having a ham- Burger. ke had be wat equally inmtcnt about wanting a toothpick. "WAatS a.Vcd Vn father. "Wai Ihe meat replied the "Jt wai Bob Thiel passes along the one about a tourist in Germany. The guide on a bus tour said, "We are now passing the most famous brewery in Berlin." "We are contradicted the American tourist as he hopped off the bus. A friend of ours got into the swing of thing. Tatt week, by viiit- ing piychhtriit. the usual "couch the piycbUtrht told hnn: "We have to faca facts in order to get anyplace in thti kind of treatment. Now, tet'i face the faer. You do KOT have an inferiority complex. You ARE Interior." Frank Kemp came up with a couple interesting facts in his Na- tional Oals "3 Minute Talks" this week. He reports that wornpn broad- casters are used on the Voice of America beamed to Jroh Curtain countries. Their higher, sharper voices can gel through the Russian jamming blots out low tones. "And, then, did you know it takes five rabbits lo produce enough felt for one iiat? Long-iuffcrttig may ijt- tcrested in tTie answer 3 Cedar Rapidi wife of a wcefci nsed when her new hubby tested off Ihe one about, "Why can't you make breicf like my Mother used lo maker" tha conrenation with, "Why can't you miki dough like- my Did And that recalts'the comment once made by If. C. Kirkpalrick In his "Bit of Thifi and Bit of That" coliurji in the Lenox Time Table: "A dentist Is about the only man who can safely tell a woman when 1o open and shut her mouth." Busy Session For Delegates At Federation Back Resolution Rapping Anti-Union Program .....Of D.M. Firm Rep orts on suecessfu 1 or- gan izing drives, endorsement of a State Federation of La- bor resolution condemning ai: allegedly anli union em- ployer and approval of the purchase of new furniture for tha Labor Temple were in- cluded on the agenda at last Thursday's meeting of the Cedar Hapids Federation of Labor. Furniture fov tho Labor Temple includes 2GO new chairs and an electrically-cooled water fountain. The .chairs already are on order and arc expected to be delivered scon, Harry Wilford of the Teamsters I-ecal 238 reported that the local had organized the ambulance drivers at University Iowa hos- pitals. It also was reported that negotiations are now underway for a contract at the Cedar Hapids Renderers where the Teamsters recently -were named bargaining agent in an NLRI3 election. A communication was read from Tcnmsters Local 334 In DCS Molnes which called particular attention to a resolution approved at the Iowa State Federation of Labor convention. Non-Unlon Conditions The resolution which then was endorsed by the Cedar Hapids Federation, sets forth that the Gamble-Robinson wholesale, grocer firm is following non-union tactics "lo defeat the legitimate efforts of its employes to better themselves." The resolution1 declared that thi_ firm is operating under'non-union conditions in Creslon, Estherville, Ft. Dodge, Mason.CUy, Waterloo and Dos Moines and Ottnmwa. "Continuation of such anti- labor, anti-social acts 011 the part of the employer Tsrtll react to the detriment of all working people In Iowa anil to HIE dim- aee of the company's employes pxviicula the resolution stated. The declaration then concluded with, "Be it resolved that the non- union and other anti-union prac- tices of .the Gamble-Robinson company are hereby condemned." Best Ever Pete Farris and Ben Zimmer- man, Cedar Hapids Federation .Delegates to the state AFT. con- vention, made their report at the meeting, terming the conclave "the best we have ever attended." In another r e p.o r t, Wilford called the first annual Apprentice- ship Completion dinner and grad- uation ceremony "very success- ful." The event was held May 22 at the Roosevelt hotel with 267 representatives of labor and man- agement in attendance. Zimmerman, representing the Boa Drivers local, reported that the drivers were hop eful tha t arrangements could be made lo Improve in Ihe buses before? next winter. Legislation selling n minimum temperature for public convey- ances failed to pass at the last legislature but Zimmerman said j the Cedar Rapids local was con- It inuing to work on the problem I here. Laborers to Vote On Business Agents At Tuesday Session Members of Hod Carriers arid Construction Local 43 will elect two business agents at their meeting next Tuesday, June 5. The session will be held al p.m. in the Labor Temple. Ted Lodge, incumbent, and Jack KnimbJiollz are candidates for the local's Cedar Rapids business agent post. Nominated for business agent In Iowa City are Roy Skriver, incumbent, and Orie Sed- lacek. Officers for all other posts were nominated without opposition at ihe May 15 meeting. "Lave, Ti- ber Ir it whote- swne to the body and good for the mind. It tfie fruit of Nn. 33 Rumors of Big Pay In Alaska Spiked by Territorial AFL Rumors of an abundance of jobs and fantastically high wages in Alaska were spiked in a bul- letin received this week by the Cedar llapidd Building Trades Council. A Tetter from the Ala'ska Ter- ritorial Federation of Labor rapped the "Shangri-La" publicity in newspaper ads in the Midwest and on trip west const. "Hen have been pouring into Alaska and our season hasn't opened up as 1he letter said. "It works a hardship on the men, both financially and morally, hav- ing to stay around until work is available. "Those who are fortunate e tiouffli to obtain work im mediately become disgruntled when they find they are making a month instead ot the and over as'stated In the ads." The letter then quoted a t-os Angeles Examiner ad w h i c 1 quoted wages for laborers and ditch diggers and over for carpenters, TypScal nay 'check for a car- penter with two dependents for a 48-hour week, the Alaska Fed- H-atton said, Is: Gross pay ...........5163.28 Withholding tax...... 25.10 Alaska income tax.... 2.52 Board, Room 40.25 Social Security....... 2.45 Total Deductions 10.32 Net Check (48 The letter also pointed out that milk is 40 cents a quari, bread 35 cents a loaf, eggs 95 cents to 51.30 per'dozen and no meat is much lower than per pound. "That is a fronfc picture of what toil! find in Alaska so don't come up with visions of fortunes being made in a Sew the fetter concluded. Wanted: A Strong Weight Lifter C. R. Predictions On Craft Elections Backed by Results A few weeks ago when the NLftB ordered bargaining ek-r- tions in the building crafts. Cedar Rapids AFL unionists were unan- imous in their opinion that the results were a "foregone i-tinclu- Fion" and that the effort was a "waste of taxpayers1 Those preti EC t ions were borne out this week with the announce- ment of the results of the first elections conducted under the NLUB edict. In Olean, Md.( employes -at live company members of the Plumb- ing and Heating Contractors1 as- sociation on authorizing Plumbers Local 55 to enter into a union shop agreement. Eligible to vote, 39; votfng, 3D; yes, 39. In Baltimore, employes of 22 company members of the Plumb- ing Contractors' association voted on whether they wanted to be represented by Plumbers Txical 48. Eligible to vote, 449; voting, 429; yes, 398; no, 9; challenged votes, 22. Even the admittedly anti-union Robert Denham opposed such elections when he" was gen- eral counsel but a recent board d'-jcmon authorizes the elections throughout the construction in- dustry. Expense of the undertaking would bo tremendous, AFI; offi- cials point out, and the HLRB has announced it will go to congress and scpk additional funds to con- d ucl the 'foregone con clus ion' elections. Rodeo Opening Night to Be Colorful Western Event Second Annual Contest Program Will Start Nexf Thursday Next Thursday night over 2a horses and riders will stream into arena at Ilawkeye Downs for ihe opening of the second annual Mid- Championship Rodeo. Opening night will be o special affair. There'll be the crowning of Rodeo Quren and the presenta- tion of a faun and white pony, to some youngster. It will be Kids night with youngsters unden 12 admitted free and the pony will be a gift from tho Retail Merchants bureau of the Chamber of Commerce. Saddle Clubs Members of several Eastern Iowa Saddle clubs will join the competing cowhands and the rodeo in the grand entry each night of the rodeo. Might shows Thursday, Friday and Sat- urday will start at and the four-day event cl oses with a Sunday matinee, June 10, at Sanctioned by the Rodeo Cow- boys' association, competitive events will be Brahma bull riding, saddle and bareback hronc riding, calf roping and bulldogging (steer In Ihe riding events, both Ihe animal and the rider are scored on the bask of 100 points. Judges from the Rodeo Cowboys asso- ciation rate the competitors; on how well they ride, how rough the animal Is, whether the cow- boy spurred the animal comiat out of the chute, whether he kept his free hand in the air 2nd othrr points. Tn order lo qualify, the cowhand must ride 1he broncs lor 10 seconds and must stay atop the Brahma bull for eight seconds. Calf roping arid bulldogging are AFL Council Sets Blood Donor Record -TtJan Against Beast time events with the cowhands working against a stop watch. In both those events, the cowboy's horse is an important assistant. A quick, clever cow pony can do much to increase his owner's win- nings in the1 arena. Each competitor in the bull- dogging is entitled to a hazcr who rides beside the steer to keep him in close enough so that the cow- boy can dive from his horse to the norns of the steer. A cowboy is aliowed two loops in the calf roping but if ho misses his calf with both tosses of 1he lariat, he is disqualified. RO A-Sanctioned Since the Cedar Rapids rodeo is RCA-sanctioned, points won here will count taward national cowboy championships. Immediately fol- lowing the rodeo, a record of the winners be to the Rodeo Cowboys association- in i't. Worth, Tex., to be added to scores posted by the cowhands at other major rodeos. One point is awarded for each dollar won. The hucMn' chutes this year will face the grandstand and all stock will come out of the chutes headed toward the grandstand. The en- larged raceway will provide am- ple room for the competitive action. In addition to the competitive events, there will be western en- tertainment at each performance. There'll be Arkansas Shorty, the nationally known rodeo clown and his mule, Josephine; the England eist ers, trick riders and ropers from Ott awa, Kan.; Buck and Ann Martinj 7 and 0-year-old trick riders from Rich Hill, Mo.; and many others, Reserved seat tickets are on sale I at the covered wagon at Second avenue and Second street SE. Free children's tickets for the Thursday night opening also are available there. General admission is 51 and 25 cents for children. Boxes are and and reserved grand- stand is riim C. DcKofuxg, chiirmaa Central anj Later Council and Suffolk eountrM, ami Mn. donate bPood to Red AFL memfaeti and families 297 pinti, to tet a new record for liland, tha 291 pl.t. given by of Klngi Point Mintjm. ir Great Neck. DiKoniog sard irt tie that poirwJi itnt to potential doMn to that jppoiMme.H could to facilitate the donation! Almost All Crafts Have Job Openings Officials of the Cedar Rapids Building Trades Council reported th is week tha t the re are now openings in virtually every con- struction craft. The need for laborers continues although some of the slack will be taken up by students seeking summer work. Several students al- ready have applied at the Building Trades office in the Labor Temple, 90 avenue X. Rough IQ-Sccand Ride AFL in Fight to Block Repeal Of U. S. income Tax Amendment Green Points Out That Federal Sales Tax, Shift Of Greater Burden to Lower Income Groups Will Result If Setup Is Changed WASHINGTON AFL president William Green called on all State Federations of Labor to fight the per- nicious amendment to the federal constitution which would repeal the U: income tax. This amendment, sponsored by1 Proportionate basis onto the "The American Taxpayers asso- J hacks of those who will least be Wasriingtonf D. C., would au'e Pay and who are repeal the IGtli amendment to the, bearing the greatest share of the Constitution which authorizes con- taxes. This means the low incorr STCSS to levy an income tart. A proposed substitute amend- ment would limit lederal taxes. to 25 percent. Green said If this drive Is suc- cessful it could inean enactment or a federal sales tax aiid the shift of an even greater burden of the las: load to the Income .wanre earners, He said the drive has already resulted in 24 states, out of 36 r.eeded, ratifying the plan. CJreen called on state federations in the 21 remaining states to use the: influence to block ratifica- tion. He urged those in stales where ratification has occurred to sponsor legislation to recall that action. Following is the text of his letter to the state federations: I direct your attention to the current campaign in all the states to repeal the 16th amendment to the United States Constitution, which reads as follows: "The congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on in- comeSj from whatever source de- rived, w i t u t apportionment among tho several states, and without regard to nny census or enumeration." Sponsor Repeal This is known as the income tax amendment to the Constitution. The American Taxpayers associa- tion of "Washington, D. C., is spon- soring the repeal of the present income tax amendment and the substitutioa of an amendment to. limit federal taxes to 25 percent. Not only would income taxes be affected but inheritance and gift levies likewise would be limited to 25 percent. Tf this substitute amendment the Constitution is adopted, it can. only mean that a. national sales tax is on the way in aud the burden of taxation will be shifted to an even greater idis- He. Just Walked Out the Door The boss Just walked out trie door. Friday he will walk out the door for the last time. And when .1. C. Blodgctl closcs-the door to The Tribune on that final trip, the Cedar Rapids labor move- ment will be losing one of its most active champions and we at The Tribune will be losing a highly respected employer. Blodgett will leave Saturday for Des Moines where he will become 'a member of the Iowa employment security commission on July 1. He will visit relatives in Wyoming before assuming the post to which he was appointed by Gov. William S. Beardsley. The boss won't see this little piece until it's too late for him to do anything about it. It would never appear if he had any advance knowledge. This is strictly a tribute to the man who has treated us square at every turn. Sure, we've griped, like any crew of workers. But when the going has been tough and there's been a call for a little extra effort, we've tried to come through for the boss. There isn't a one of us but who has had occasion to say, "I wouldn't do this for anybody but Blodgett." Those of us around The Tribune know the hours he has devoted not only to the labor movement but to civic and community affairs too many to mention here. He has devoted countless hours of service in myriads of assignments for which he neither sought nor desired anycredit. To him.the cause of organized labor assumed'an importance second only to his religion. One of the city's major industrialists this week praised Blodgett's ef- forts as a major factor in the growth of the city and in the development of the city's excellent "labor climate." Seldom, if ever, has a man, who has been involved in as many important matters of a controversial nature, left a community with as much respect from both ad- versaries and friends as J. C. Blodgett. Unquestionably, Cedar Rapids labor has lost one of its slaunchest and most respected champions. Even more important to us, from a selfish standpoint, is the loss of the finest boss we ever had. THE TRIBUNE STAKE. groups. It won Id relieve those making enormous salaries by grgotly reducing their taxes. Of the 36 states necessary to call constitutional convention, the legislative bodies of 24 states al- reafly have adopted ratifying reso- lutions, Florida fceinj? the most recent. Opponents of the substitute amendment recently defeated it in Ohio. But Battleground the batUeground still re- mains in 24 states and if half of tliem adopt the substitute pro- Hint would be a sufficient number to require the congress to call a constitutional convention. And we would be confronted with an accomplished fact as two- thirds of the states would have voted approval for the wiping out or the present Income tax amend- ment. Our nation, to all" intents and purposes, is at war to preserve our way of life. To knock out ihe sup- ports to cur financial structure of. government would ho to make us objects of ridicule in ihe r.yes of the world. tVe camiol wage a defense against the predatory interests n o w on the inarch aiainst us without having the means with which to buy the sJncws of war. I ask, therefore, that every ef- fort possible be made in your stafe to withhold approval of the pian to cripple the financial com- petence of our country, now in its hour of dire need. No greater patriotic step could be taken at this time. It is also necessary to protect the interes'.K the low in- come group of which the member- ship of labor :a a part. Iowa Employment At Record High with Workers Iowa employment reached a record high m when workers were carried on Iowa payrolls. This Is an increase of 18j700 over April, 10W, the em- ployment security conun ission re- ported. Emp] o> inent in manufacturing also reached a new high when workers were employed in Iowa plants. This is more workers than were employed in this Jine of work in the same month a year ago. The commission the increased business activity in part to seasonal causes and to the in- fluence of Defense spending" for "quipment and supplies. Nearly all lines showed employ- ment gains in April. A notable ex- ception was mining and quarrying, which had substantial seasonal losses. The manufacture of. non-elec- trical machinery including farm machinery and tractors, added COO workers to their payrolls during (he 30-day period. Indicating a heavy demand for farm machinery 1o offset the handicap of farm help shortages. Manufacture of electrical ap- pliances showed phenomenal em- ployment gains during the month, due largely to defense contracts for various items in radio and radar by various Iowa companies. Food processing, employing 050 workers, showed 110 Important employment change from -March to April. Included in this class is meat packing, canning, grain mill products, breakfast foods and oatmeal. PUBLISH KOREA STORV NEW YORK The- United Na- tions has just published the second p-nrt of its story the evenfs in Korea, Called "A Korea Chronol- the 18-page pamphlet Is a detailed summary of the debates and actions taken by the United Xations in regard to Korea.   

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